It’s hard to remain untouched by the story behind the so-called Death Railway in Thailand, close to Kanchanaburi, west of Bangkok. Over 300,000 people were forced into building the railway which ran between Bangkok and Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar). Over 100,000 people are estimated to have died during the construction period (thanks Wikipedia) because of the terrible conditions. The most famous part of the railway is the Bridge over the River Kwai. Tourists can still catch a train on a part of the railway which still stands.